Yoko Ono believes her relationship with late BEATLE John Lennon ruined their respective careers. Ono, who was held responsible by many Beatles fans for the band's split in 1970, influenced Lennon into other experimental areas of music, but never intended to distract him from his natural progression. She says, "In a way, both John and I ruined our careers by getting together, though we weren't aware of it at the time. "My initial reaction to rock music was, 'Oh dear, how simple can you get?' At first I thought John would carry on with The Beatles and I would do my own things, but he felt it wasn't right that we were working separately, that the union we had might not last, because of the pressure of the world." Ono and Lennon were married in 1969 and produced several albums together, including UNFINISHED MUSIC NO.1: TWO VIRGINS. Lennon died in 1980 after being shot by a crazed fan outside his New York apartment.